Combining design & science for sustainable, ethical and accessible food for everyone.

Dust Collective (Patrick Walker) & Fai Farms (Laura Higham) talk collaboration in raising awareness and creating real change for sustainable food production going into the future. On how it’s important to join things up and interrupt to make real change.

About the speaker

Patrick Walker is Founder and Managing Director of Dust Collective, based in Sheffield at Roco Creative Co-op. Patrick graduated with a degree in Graphic Arts and Design from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1996. With a developing practice in print, typography and book design, this led to several lecturing posts and a very brief stint as a student at the RCA. Finally in 2000, in a small attic in Sheffield, established a studio called Dust, expanding activity to include brand and strategy. Over the next 10 years or so the studio transformed into a collective, moved, multiplied, generating a portfolio of international arts, culture and life. Following one such successful project in 2013, Dust became part of the sustainability sciences division of Benchmark, a business working alongside and in support of the global food supply chain. Complimenting their own existing ambition and body of work, Dust now support Benchmark’s cause and operations over 27 countries. Patrtick has developed an appetite for good food produced by passionate people with the food and people in mind.

Laura Higham is the Veterinary Programme Manager at FAI Farms based in Oxford. Laura graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and worked in mixed practice in UK and New Zealand. To pursue an interest in international animal health, Laura joined an international animal welfare charity as a veterinary programme advisor, coordinating development and disaster response projects to support animal health and livelihoods in Africa, the Middle East and central Asia. Her work also included the delivery of training to vets and animal health workers, the development of M&E tools and participatory research. Laura joined the FAI team in 2014 to pursue her interests in sustainable agriculture, and currently manages consultancy and research programmes with a number of high-profile food brands, driving sustainability in global food supply chains. She holds an MSc in International Animal Health with the University of Edinburgh and has a particular interest in small ruminant health, food security, livestock-based livelihoods and antimicrobial resistance.

This month, Patrick Walker (Dust Collective) link & Laura Higham (FAI Farms) link talking Art X Science X Food X Future = A non-hairy shirt version of sustainable food production. Also the development and purpose of the recently launched beautiful and insightful publication series ‘How Fine A Mess: A journal for chefs, brewers, artists, musicians and everyone who consumes the good stuff. All things Street food!’ link Produced in collaboration with Dust, the wonderful Peddler food market link and ASAP link. Pat and Laura tell their stories of collaboration and experimentation with some happy serendipitous results. With tips on how you, as consumers, can help to improve the current food production situation.

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